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  • Writer's pictureMark Tullett

Robin Banks

Did you know Vilanova had is very own 'Robin Hood'?

There's a new documentary about Enric Duran, who ruined the backs of 500,000 euros.

Enric Duran has been living underground for 13 years and the film recreates his story. He is a Catalan anticapitalist activist and a founding member of the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC - Cooperativa Integral Catalana) and Faircoop.

From 2006 to 2008, Duran took out 68 commercial and personal loans from a total of 39 banks with no guarantees or property as collateral. He had no intention of repaying the debts, and used the money to finance various anti-capitalist movements. In 2008, Duran released an online article entitled "I have "robbed" 492,000 euros from those who rob us the most, in order to denounce them and build alternatives for society"

Before a criminal tribunal scheduled for 12 February 2013, Duran decided to leave the country rather than stand trial in Spain. "I don't see legitimacy in a judicial system based on authority, because I don't recognise its authority." The prosecuting attorney and 16 banking institutions called for an 8-year prison sentence.

Duran remains in hiding whilst his freedom is being called for by many here. After all didn't he do what many of us would like to do?

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